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Kenneth Darell Neer

June 3, 1947 - March 25, 2020

U.S. Veteran

Services will not be held at this time. A memorial service will be held at a future time when friends and family can once again come together. Champion Funeral Home has been entrusted with local arrangements.  Online condolences may be written at


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Kenneth Darrell Neer, Sr., 72, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.  He had many family members by his side. He was born June 3rd, 1947 to James and Sylvia Olson Neer in Williston, N.D.

Ken was raised in Alexander, N.D. until he joined the Navy in 1965. He served as a Petty Officer on the USS WASP until his honorable discharged in 1971. While his time in the Navy, he assisted in the 1966 Gemini XII recovery operation involving Cpt. James A. Lovell and Major Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and received the National Defense Service Medal.

After the military, Ken settled in Williston, N.D. working in the “boom” of the oilfield. Ken had three children with his first wife; Kenneth Darrell Jr., Catherine Ann and Billie Jean.

In 1989, Ken moved to Worland, Wyoming with his children, where he met and married Freda Deary. He acquired four more children to complete his family. Ken and Freda moved to Sheridan, Wyoming where in 1996 he retired from the oilfield and started gardening, camping and fishing to occupy his time.

His interests were camping, fishing and spending time with family on the Big Horn mountains. He canned jams, jellies and pickles, he enjoyed baking, loved cooking for his family and was still trying to perfect his late mothers Lefse.

Ken is survived by his wife; Freda, his siblings; Arthur Neer, Roy (Vicki) Neer, Roderick Neer, Bonny Cluchie and Cora (Alvin) Jenema, his children; Kenneth D. Neer Jr., Cathy Neer and Billie (Randy) Mills, Marie (Gary) Parsons, Sherry Unger, Cindy Heath and Jim Unger; he had 18 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren and would have been expecting another great grandchild and his first great-great grandchild this summer. He has several nieces and nephews that were extremely special to him.

He is preceded in death by his parents, James and Sylvia Neer; his dear sister, Linda Rude; and three beloved pets, Ebony, Snuffy and Nugget.

Champion Funeral Home has been entrusted with local arrangements.  Online condolences may be written at